Resident Evil or will have seen this phenomenon in action. However, the very fact that we are watching videos like these, and tuning in to live streams on platforms like Twitch, shows that there is an increasingly passive side to gaming too.
Tuning in to hone your skills

People are drawn to live games for a variety of reasons. Esports like League of Legends or CS:GO are attracting audiences, sponsors and gamblers at an immense rate, to the extent that coverage has spilled over from online streams to mainstream broadcasters such as ESPN and the BBC. However, there are other, more traditional, games that have also become a huge hit among live streamers. Take the ever-popular casino games like poker or blackjack, for example. For those who want to learn about online casino games, there is no better way to do so than to watch the experts in action.

A new breed of celebrity

Richard Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja, is a 27 year old from Illinois who has been playing games and streaming them live for a living for the past ten years. Others might surpass him in terms of followers and earning in future, but he will go down in history as the first true internet celebrity who earned fame and fortune through live streaming. Earlier this year, he took on DrakeStreaming has only just begunNBA 2K has provided a glimpse of what is to come, and while some might argue that it will never be the sameJohn Madden and FIFA are two other sports-themed games that are certain to join the streaming bandwagon and others will follow. Right now, streaming is still in its infancy. In five years time, the gaming landscape will have changed beyond all recognition.